Perinatal care at the borderlines of viability: a consensus statement based on a NSW and ACT consensus workshop

Kei Lui, Barbara Bajuk, Kirsty Foster, Arnolda Gaston, Alison Kent, John Sinn, Kaye Spence, Wendy Fischer and David Henderson-Smart
Med J Aust 2006; 185 (9): 495-500.


  • Kei Lui1,2
  • Barbara Bajuk3
  • Kirsty Foster4
  • Arnolda Gaston3
  • Alison Kent5
  • John Sinn6
  • Kaye Spence7
  • Wendy Fischer3
  • David Henderson-Smart3

  • 1 Department of Newborn Care, Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 School of Women’s and Children’s Health, University of NSW, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 NSW Pregnancy and Newborn Services Network, Sydney, NSW.
  • 4 RPA Women’s and Babies, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 5 Centre for Newborn Care, Canberra Hospital, Canberra, ACT.
  • 6 Department of Neonatology, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 7 Department of Neonatology, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.


We would like to thank the members of the Consensus Workshop Organising Committee and all workshop participants — particularly the parents, who contributed greatly to the discussions. Our external consultants included consumer groups such as Austprem, the Australian Multiple Births Association, MotherInc and Preemie-L; professional groups such as the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Division of Paediatrics), the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, the Australian College of Midwives, the Association of Neonatal Nurses of NSW, the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (NSW Branch); and individual consumer representatives. We also thank the hospital directors, NICU members, audit officers and follow-up teams of all tertiary neonatal units in the following hospitals: The Canberra Hospital, John Hunter Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Liverpool Hospital, Nepean Hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Westmead Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Women. Finally, we thank the babies and their families, and the nursery, obstetric and medical records staff of the obstetric and children’s hospitals in NSW and the ACT.

Competing interests:

None identified.

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